IT companies find it tough to get the business skills from technical people

Employee management software company Infobasis said it is difficult to find experienced staff with the right skills.

Employee management software company Infobasis said it is difficult to find experienced staff with the right skills.

The firm said none of the more experienced IT staff they spoke to for four positions last year had an appreciation of how their job could affect the business, and director Don Taylor said he was happier to take on untrained graduates who knew the business value of their work.

He said, "We had previously tried to get people through seven different specialist agencies, none of which could provide us with what we were looking for.

"They were people who could write in program language, but who did not have the combination of skills and the business 'savvy-ness' that we wanted.

"We are looking for people with an ability to understand how software will be used, not just how to create it."

Taylor said, "They need the ability to understand and analyse data from a business point of view, plus they need the technical ability to do the analysis."

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